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Meet Tamie Bilazzo of Japanese Acupuncture Clinic in Lexington

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tamie Bilazzo.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I used to work at start-up high tech company as a senior data network engineer in Chelmsford. I had an assignment in Tokyo that week. Since I completed the task earlier that I thought in Chelmsford Fiber Optic start-up, I thought I could have fly one day early to spend the time with engineer team in Tokyo. It probably due to 13 hours’ time differences here in Japan, I woke up very early next day. I turned the TV on and found every single channel showing 9/11 plane crash in U.S. Not many people owned cellular phone or using email back then. I could not call my husband due to the high-volume calls to U.S. I did not know the details of what was really happening in U.S. I ended up staying 2 weeks in Japan. I flew up the day Osaka Airport opened up for the flight to U.S. There was only a few people in the ticket counter. The first class, business class and economy class shared the only one ticket counter. I had a business class ticket and I saw only 5 passengers and 5 stewardesses on the second floor of the airplane. There was only a few people in economy class. The airplane seems too big to fly out about 20 of us to L.A. I saw one passenger was kissing the floor when we arrived at LA airport. That gave me a chill on my back. My husband picked me up at Logan airport and told me the fact that I missed the flight by one day… the flight I switched not knowing that will change the rest of my life. I felt guilty, sad and very confused for a while. Going back to work testing the network seems not interesting any longer. I felt totally empty and wanted to do something I can do for the society, something more rewarding. I started looking the occupation being Japanese is positive. I gave the resignation and I applied to the graduate school to become an herbalist and acupuncturist. I was thinking about going back to school for a few years but I have never guts to quit and get a fresh start and also, I was not even sure I can complete the science prerequisite like Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry etc… but I decided to go for it.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Since I did not have any business background, it was not easy to run the solo-practice clinic. A lot of tries and errors for last 12 years.

Please tell us about Japanese Acupuncture Clinic.
I am Japanese native. I treat patients with very gentle Japanese style of acupuncture and functional medicine approach. Most of my patients are problems with hormonal imbalances and suffering from chronic illness. I might be one of the few acupuncturist practices functional medicine and do Japanese style acupuncture. I graduated from Hashimoto Institute last summer to study Thyroid Autoimmune Diseases. Currently taking one-year Functional Medicine Training with Chris Kresser at Kresser Institute to learn the functional medicine from the scratch. I will be graduating in April 2018.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I will definitely take business training first before opening the clinic.

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